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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: City

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

The author seems very keen to associate the police with the community. Community is in the eye of the beholder. Since "community" has more in common with artwork than policing, might you consider rebranding the police to the Burlington Cezanne Police Department, or the Shelburne Da Vinci Police, or Hinesburg Picasso Police, or Colchester Matisse Police (I like it), and Winooski Rembrandt Police? The officers uniforms could be made from duplicate canvas from famous paintings. Really, I would just like the police to be the police!

Posted by Matt Galloway on 07/21/2016 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

I believe you forgot to mention that Brandon del Pozo wrote a scholarly paper enthusiastically supporting racial profiling by police. In that paper he also defended "Stop and Frisk" tactics. He has a long way to go before he earns the trust of our community. Here is the link to his paper….

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Posted by Brian Perkins on 07/20/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

"Later, the NYPD sent him to the Middle East as part of a terrorism intelligence-gathering unit. Based in Amman, Jordan" which was illegal and racist.

A man who supports racial profiling as police chief? Bad idea.

This is what used to be called a "puff" piece.

4 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Baruch Zeichner on 07/14/2016 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

Completely agree with you Laura Hale. Yet another article about the Chief of Police in which he still does not tackle what he is willing to do to address the facts that there is proven data of extreme racial profiling in Vermont. With a Mayor that has 2 black children I hope that the Mayor will encourage the Chief to bring up these tough issues and what he plans to do to address the racism within his department. Time for the tough questions, and tougher answers.

5 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Stephanie Griffin on 07/14/2016 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

In 11 months del Pozo has:
-unnecessarily wounded one man
-unnecessarily murdered two men
-bungled the KKK leaflet issue
-arrested two men wearing Anonymous masks at a BLM demonstration
-failed to alert Burlington women after an alleged rape at the downtown courthouse
-forced the shutdown of hip-hop acts and then the Zen Lounge itself by pressuring zoning board
-wages war on the poor and homeless on behalf of Weinberger's classist/racist gentrification

This was a morally despicable puff piece. Fire this "erudite" thug

8 likes, 24 dislikes
Posted by Albert Petrarca on 07/14/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

How about putting those repeat offenders on the clean up detail in Burlington Square. Don't pay a fine or incarcerate, take their boredom away with a job in public

11 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Bill Magnus on 07/13/2016 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

I appreciate this thorough and thoughtful article on the chief. I would have loved to have heard comments from the local Black Lives Matters organizers, though, and the Champlain Area NAACP. Maybe they can weigh in?

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Posted by Laura Hale on 07/13/2016 at 7:35 PM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

I thought that Mr. Spencer's comment "Those willing to pay more should have an easier time finding spots in the downtown core, while the frugally minded can find plenty of cheaper spots..." was offensive on a couple of levels. Does "frugally minded" refer to the VT-discounted wages of those of us who are in positions that have not kept up with inflation while food, entertainment and all of life's other expenses have? Or who supposedly moved here and took a wage cut to enjoy the "quality of life"? Many hard working and overeducated Vermonters do not earn enough to throw away any extra money, even to the tune of $0.50/hour or after 6pm. There is an insensitivity to those who work and live here year 'round to make the city and the region great who feel discounted by these new policies. As Councilor Wright described it, that feeling of being "ding-ed" enough.

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Posted by Chock Full o' Thoughts on 07/08/2016 at 9:55 AM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

I work downtown and pay to park three times a week. It's nice to not have to worry about it on Sundays or after six (I work til 10). Also they're going to tear down my lot on King and St. Paul soon and then where will I park? I understand the need for income for the city, but can't they find it somewhere else? Does it have to come from quarters and dimes? Maybe they could enforce a few more traffic laws and the fines from that could go toward the garages?

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by VermonterJones on 07/04/2016 at 7:11 PM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

Tiki makes a very good point. "Free parking" is paid for by everyone, even the people who don't own cars or seldom drive downtown. This is unfair to them and it contributes to the parking problems downtown. If we subsidize something it should be the bus system which serves everyone and actually contributes to solving the parking problem.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Brian Perkins on 07/03/2016 at 6:40 PM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

People are seriously upset that the meters go to 10 PM now? You can just park on College Street or Fletcher Free Library for free after 6 PM. Also, are people not aware of how cheap Burlington is for parking compared to Boston? I realize we aren't Boston, but we certainly don't have it bad. Well, unless you listen to that whack-job Kurt Wright that is...

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Posted by Thommy Taber on 06/30/2016 at 9:43 AM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

It's a shame no DPW commissioners were given the opportunity to be interviewed. They are the volunteer team that sifted through all the studies, data and evidence to find that the average taxpayer was subsidizing downtown visitors prior to these changes.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 06/29/2016 at 4:59 PM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

It seems that Mayor Weinberger is gouging the residents and giving breaks to developers at every turn. In just the recently posted articles we see developers get to rent the new marina for chicken scratch while residents have to pay more for parking at the same time the high school is falling apart.

20 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Mark Lade on 06/29/2016 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Historical Land Claims Trip Up Burlington Homeowners

The City of Burlington relinquished title to the land when they began collecting property tax on it. To maintain their (City) interest in the property, the City must refund ALL property taxes collected less the the accrued "rent".

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Posted by Rich Shea on 06/16/2016 at 6:00 AM

Re: “Historical Land Claims Trip Up Burlington Homeowners

It is not just municipalities. The University of Vermont has lease lands as well, and not just in Chittenden County.

Posted by Sharon Toborg on 06/15/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Historical Land Claims Trip Up Burlington Homeowners

This could be a nice class action suit against the city for these people that have been paying property taxes as owners of the land for a very long time. If the city owned the land then the owners should not be paying taxes on the land they do not own. The city should have given the quit claim to the people and all those who have been paying taxes on the land for decades for all the parcels that are shown on the map.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ted Miles on 06/09/2016 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Burlington School Super's South Burlington Digs Trigger Residency Debate

Our last superintendent lived in Shelburne. I believe out of our last six superintendents five lived out of Burlington. Imagine being a teenager at parent teacher conferences with the superintendent!

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Posted by Lauren Berrizbeitia on 05/10/2016 at 5:25 AM

Re: “What's Wrong With Burlington's Senior Centers?

I have programs at the Charlotte Senior Center- an amazingly wonderful play, and know how important these centers are- not just for the one meal seniors may get when they come in- but the health and socialization needed by so man. I have been to the north Ave center many times, and know of the hard work they do, and how they survive on so little.

Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 05/09/2016 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Peter Owens Has a Vision for Downtown Burlington. Step 1: Break the Development Logjam

Yes, and the same Peter Owens who is violating Burlington law because, as a department chair, he is required to live in Burlington but instead lives in Hanover, New Hampshire! This is a guy making critical decisions about Burlington's neighborhoods and development and he has zero skin in the game. Does not have to live with the real-world outcomes of his decisions to speed development regardless of citizen input. Makes one wonder if the only outcome he is thinking of is his own financial gain or landing sport for next job. Highly ironic that in this article he says, "it's great to be back in this city," when he is living in Hanover, New Hampshire. It is time for Burlington City Council to put some teeth in the law and terminate these individuals who are blatantly gaming the residency requirement.…

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 04/14/2016 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Peter Owens Has a Vision for Downtown Burlington. Step 1: Break the Development Logjam

Is this the same Peter Owens that is trying to evict a 99 year old woman?

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Posted by Tim Strickland on 04/14/2016 at 12:33 AM

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